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Jim Broadbent to star in Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre

Jim Broadbent

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN ADVANCE of its next programme and following Martin McDonagh’s success at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals with his critically acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the London Theatre Company has announced the world premiere of a new play by McDonagh.

With a cast led by Jim Broadbent and directed by Matthew Dunster and designed by Anna Fleischle, A Very Very Very Dark Matter will run at the Bridge Theatre for 12-weeks – from October 10 to December 29, 2018.

In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.

As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.

Martin McDonagh is an award-winning writer and director. His plays are The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane and Hangmen.

As a writer and director for film his credits are Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges, Six Shooter and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which won Best Screenplay at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and was the closing film at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Jim Broadbent is a BAFTA and Academy award-winning actor. He has previously appeared in Martin McDonagh’s at the National Theatre where he was also seen in Improbable Theatre’s Theatre of Blood. Broadbent has worked extensively for the Donmar Warehouse, the Old Vic, the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has most recently been seen on stage in A Christmas Carol at The Noel Coward Theatre.

His many film credits include Iris, for which he won an Academy Award, The Lady in the Van, Paddington, Brooklyn, Iron Lady, Le Weekend, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Moulin Rouge and King Lear, currently in production. His more recent television work includes Game of Thrones, War and Peace, London Spy and The Go-Between as well as his BAFTA winning role in Longford.

Matthew Dunster

Matthew Dunster directed McDonagh’s Hangmen at the Royal Court where he has also directed Liberian Girl. His other directing credits include The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), Love the Sinner (National Theatre), Doctor Faustus, Imogen, The Frontline and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Mametz (National Theatre of Wales), Before the Party (Almeida Theatre) and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Macbeth and Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Theatre).

As a writer his plays include Children’s Children which premiered at the Almeida Theatre and You Can See the Hills which premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as well as an adaptation of 1984.

Further casting and members of the creative team will be announced in due course.

Tickets will go on public sale on November 14, 2017 at 10am GMT, while priority booking for Bridge members opened today (November 8) at 10am GMT.

London Theatre Company will announce the remainder of the Bridge programme for 2018 early next year.

Richard Bean and Clive Coleman’s new comedy Young Marx, directed by Nicholas Hytner, continues at the Bridge Theatre until December 31, 2017.